Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

The Department of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA invites applicants and nominations for a nationally recognized academic geriatrician to serve as the chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (MPGMG). As a preeminent clinician, scholar, educator and leader, the chief is eligible for the David H. Solomon Term Chair.

One of the leading geriatric medicine divisions nationally, the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCLA comprises a distinguished cadre of more than 28 faculty members dedicated to meeting a tripartite mission: to train physicians and other health professionals to provide exemplary care of older persons and train new faculty to lead geriatric education; to conduct research aimed at improving the health and health care of older persons, and train new investigators to conduct this research; and to provide the highest quality care of older persons, particularly those who are frail. Housed within one of the largest departments of medicine in the country, and located on the campus of an internationally renowned research university with a $1 billion research portfolio, the Division of Geriatric Medicine is uniquely poised for transformational cross-disciplinary innovation and high-impact research. 

The chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine also serves as Director of the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (MPGMG). Since its inception in 1979, the MPGMG has been recognized as a national leader in providing clinical care for older persons, teaching physicians and other health professionals how to better care for older persons, and conducting research aimed at improving the health and independence of older persons. With a combined research portfolio of ~$12 million and over 40 full-time faculty members representing many disciplines, the UCLA MPGMG is one of the largest academic geriatrics programs in the world. The MPGMG is comprised of four sites: UCLA Medical Center and the Center for Health Sciences; the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; and the Anna and Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research. In addition, these core sites have community-based, nursing home, and home care programs, which extend the clinical and teaching missions of the MPGMG beyond the academic medical center. 

Reporting to the chair of the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and executive medical director of the UCLA Health System’s Department of Medicine, Dr. E. Dale Abel, the Geriatric Medicine chief works collaboratively with clinical, academic, and administrative leaders within the department, school of medicine and UCLA Health to advance the mission of excellence in clinical care, education, research, and community engagement, while further elevating the stature of the division in the region and nationally. In addition, the Chief cultivates a collegial, inclusive, and multidisciplinary culture consistent with the principles of the DGSOM’s Cultural North Star, providing mentorship to faculty members, while also upholding UCLA Health’s patient-experience model, CICARE, and promoting clinical quality, safety, and operational distinction.

The ideal candidate is a visionary and distinguished academic geriatrician with an outstanding record of accomplishments in research, education, clinical care and service, who has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a track record of collaboration. The successful candidate will combine an exceptional research background and clinical acumen with superb communication skills and emotional intelligence, an inspiring strategic vision, a dedication to mentorship, development of clinician scientists, and a deep commitment to fostering an equitable environment that is inclusive, humanistic, and respects all facets of diversity. All candidates must hold an MD or equivalent, appropriate academic credentials for a tenured faculty appointment, strong track record of academic excellence in the field of geriatric medicine with expertise as evidenced by board certification in geriatric medicine or equivalent credentials, and be eligible for licensure in California.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, or submissions of interest (curriculum vitae and informative personal statement, as well as an EDI statement) are invited and will be considered until an appointment is made: 

Cathy Alessi, MD, Committee Chair
c/o Libby Shin, Executive Director, Office of the Chair of Medicine
To apply:

Senate and non-Senate (health sciences comp plan):
The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 5 – Faculty HSCP – Scale 7  ( The salary range for this position is $184,500-$922,200. This position includes membership in the health sciences compensation plan  (, which provides for eligibility for additional compensation. 

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute  to the University of California commitment to diversity and excellence. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce  as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines,  perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. 

The shared values of the DGSOM are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our  community and affirms our unswerving commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These  are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program  at  

All aspects of searches are confidential and all candidates are expected to review and abide by UC Regents Policy 1111 on  Statement on Ethical Values and Standards of Conduct 

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement,  application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals  who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free  of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this  commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted  employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers  of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting  the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of  misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all  applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to  Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization  to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any  incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty  recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit  would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted  employment reference checks. 

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